Saipua matriarch, Susan Ryhanen began making soap as a hobby in 1999 in her basement using olive oil from the grocery store and a shoebox as a mold. The hobby grew into a small business called Creekside Soaps; and Susan would sell soap at the Peekskill farmers market. Susan’s husband Pentti, a retired auto body repair man and woodworker engineered better molds and soap cutters in his shop and the business grew to offer soap making supplies to other hobbyists.
In 2004 Susan’s daughter Sarah and her partner Eric suggested a re-branding of the soap - and SAIPUA (derived from the Finnish word for soap ‘saippua’ and a nod to Pentti’s heritage) was formed.
Over the course of the next 20 years, the soap business would serve as a backbone for a fledging floral business and allow for the purchase and development of Worlds End Farm.
Today soap production happens in a small workshop situated at the heart of the farmyard at Worlds End. Over 200,000 bars of olive oil soap are mixed and poured by Susan, cut by Pentti, and wrapped and packed by members of the Worlds End community.